Month: September 2016

Getty versus Google

I have a photograph on iStockPhoto, a site that was later bought by Getty. Today I got this email from Getty asking for my help. This Is The Text Of The Email From Getty As you may know, in April of this year, Getty Images filed a competition law complaint against Google in the European Union in a bid to help stop its anti-competitive scraping of imagery created by contributors like yourself. Since replacing thumbnails with high res image files in 2013, Google Images has gone from being the world’s largest image search engine to the world’s largest publisher and distributor of free imagery. However, the content Google is giving away is yours – and it’s not free. The changes that Google made to image search in 2013 means that Google keeps significant traffic that would otherwise go to the source sites, as well as all of the user data that it can then use to target advertising. Data related to image viewing is clearly valuable, as evidenced by Google’s launch of shopping ads directly …

Creamy-Buff Bath

The Holburne Museum is located in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Bath, Somerset, England. The city’s first public art gallery, the Grade I listed building, is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne. Tucked in a corner of the Sydney Pleasure Gardens behind the Holburne Museum in Bath is this little building. Maybe it is too small to be a folly. More likely it is intentionally of its period to create an ambience in the park that echoes the grandeur of the city. You can see the scale of the building from the cyclist to the right of it. It is a grand little building and in keeping with a grand town that knows just how grand it is. And here is the view looking out onto Sydney Place from the front of the Holburne Museum. This street is echoed in many streets throughout the town. And in the upper town there are grand terraces in the same style. Almost all of the buildings in the centre of Bath are …

How Is Your Support System?

We’ve been away for two weeks. We got back a couple of days ago and learned this morning that a 22-inch water pipe burst about a week ago and deprived large parts of Edinburgh of water. Some houses had no water for three days. We heard about it because a water main burst today, and the question of how long the repair would take was a talking point. In fact, the repair was done quickly. The burst main reminded me of a conversation I had in the American Museum in Bath, which we visited last week. The photo here is a panoramic shot of the room at it would have been a couple of hundred years ago. The light was low, so the photo is pixelated and full of noise, but I hope you get the idea. The person I met and I discussed how ‘near to the edge’ people lived in some of the frontier regions. If things went wrong there was perhaps no backup, no one to come to their aid. And we …